Welcome to the Living Devices Lab


Engineering small devices for a big impact on health

Here at the Living Devices Lab we're literally bringing microchips to life. A major challenge in biomedicine is to develop model systems that accurately reflect human disease - both to understand basic disease mechanisms and to develop new therapies. Luckily, we have some great tools to solve this problem. The same tools that are used to make computer chips also allow us to control biological components (cells, blood, tissue) at the same scale that they occur naturally inside the body. That means we can build microchips that look a lot like the tissue inside your body - in form and function. We can use those chips to understand the function of healthy tissue, and we can also use them to understand how diseases affect tissue function. We’re currently using these microdevices to understand how blood vessels get clogged up in sickle cell disease, how cancer cells move around the body to cause metastasis, and how drugs move through tissues. These models allow us to dig deeper into the basic mechanisms of disease and will hopefully give us the insight to develop new therapies. If our work sounds exciting, check out the Research page for more detailed information on some of our projects. If you want to know who is doing all of this exciting work, check out the People page. 


November 22, 2017 - Welcome to Scott Hansen and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Crist, our two newest Living Devices Lab members. We are happy they joined us and can't wait to see their future work!

September 1 2017 - The Living Devices Lab receives an R01 from the National Institutes of Health to study sickle cell disease.

May 17 2017 - Congratulations to Jed Overmann for completing his graduate studies and earning his Master's Degree! 

May 12 2017 - Congratulations to Geneva Doak for winning the Outstanding BME Teaching Assistant Award!

May 12 2017 - Congratulations to Athena Geisness for graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering!

Nov 18 2016 - The Living Devices Lab welcomes two new graduate students, Katie Cummins and Heather Bomberger. We are excited to see their future work!

Sep 26 2016 - Congratulations to Ali Crampton for winning a poster award at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Annual Conference.

See our News Archive for pictures and past news.